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  •  Education remains a verb, not a noun (1+ / 0-)
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    Cassandra Waites

    Since I first began teaching in 1989 and had my first pedagogy class, I started to get the screaming phantods about the way people were going about it. They wanted education to be not merely quantifiable, but additive and cumulative.

    In short, the testing phenomenon requires the human organism to be a flat surface onto which things may be placed. The mind is dynamic, which means that it combines, recombines, divides, rejects, adapts, and questions. The same inputs may result in many different "educations," which is why George W. Bush could graduate from Yale having sat in the same classes with the same professors as people who now run think tanks.

    One's education takes place in the hall way, in the week after the lesson, in the year later, or instantly. The effect of a course may be profound or nil. Of all the factors, though, the material presented is the one that must be set always too high so that the effect of the teacher may take place (leaps, slides).  

    Then again, I'm for content and demonstration, not quantification and testing.

    We do not flourish, but we persist.

    by The Geogre on Thu Jul 21, 2011 at 01:06:44 PM PDT

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